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Going Mental

Unlocking the secrets of your brain

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Going Mental

This is a Test. Don't Psych Yourself Out!

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about 1 year ago

You have to believe that you are going to do well on an exam. I've seen students from all different backgrounds, people who started at all different levels, who have ended up in the top one percent on both the LSAT and the GMAT, so you can do it. But you have to put in the time and you have to ...

Going Mental

Why People Confuse Models and Theories

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about 1 year ago

It’s interesting to think about why people confuse models with theories.  I think probably there are two reasons. One is the incredible effectiveness of mathematical theories in the physical and natural sciences and how well they behave, how well they work.   The second reason is that as a ...

Going Mental

Immortality is a Waste of Time

Immortality
about 1 year ago

Forget about immortalizing yourself.  Don’t waste money.  Don’t waste time.  Don’t waste thought or anxiety on having yourself frozen or your brain frozen.   Don’t curtail all your everyday enjoyments for the sake of a rigorous diet which is what Kurzweil among others has written.  He has in ...

Going Mental

The Philosophy of Free Range Ideas

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about 1 year ago

I don’t know that I have any ideas. I have notions maybe. I have curiosity. I have a deep appreciation for serendipity. I have a way of living my life, listening in on things, reading eclectically and as a dilettante irresponsibly and piecing it all together in ways that are really not meant ...